Authentic Cortijo with an 18-hectare farm for sale near Ardales, Malaga, Andalusia. This self-sustainable Cortijo is the true Andalusian dream! Surrounded by stunning nature and mountain ranges, it also enjoys views to the El Chorro lakes, home to the Caminito del Rey. This unique country property is situated at only 5km from the village of Ardales. It has an old olive and almond grove with organic production and an organic vegetable patch.
A track leads to the entrance gate. It has ample parking, on an old "era", grain circle. The cortijo is surrounded by olives and almonds, overlooking the stunning natural park, the villages of Ardales and Carratraca. Many authentic details have been preserved, the courtyard, old doors, wooden beams and thick stone walls give it the true Andalusian feel.
The Cortijo is built around a central courtyard decorated with colourful flowerpots and cacti. All accommodation is on the ground floor. The Cortijo’s residential areas are distributed as a 4 bedrooms main house, a painting studio and storage rooms. The main house is accessed through the well-known Andalusian green doors. Entering through the kitchen, with dining/living room, German fireplace and direct access to the ample South East facing terrace. This gorgeous terrace offers some spectacular views over the finca towards the mountains and natural park, inspiring peace and tranquillity. It is partially covered to enjoy on those warm days and has a BBQ area. The master bedroom with walk-in wardrobe and private terrace is located privately in the west wing of the Cortijo. On this side there is another guest bedroom and shared bathroom. 2 more good sized guest bedrooms with shared bathroom are in the east wing. A pantry is placed here as well.
The studio is currently used for painting, it has a small kitchenette and wood burner. Of the courtyard there is a storage room, this could be converted into another bedroom. Behind the storage room is a large open terrace that once was a barn. It will be registered as enclosed area so any future owner could include it in the house if needed, as is the case for the half open barn. There is an "alberca" pool, used for cooling off on the summer days. At the entrance of the courtyard is also a large garage.
The farm facilities are located outside the courtyard. There is a yard, with two covered animal shelters. At the entrance you have the rings to tie up the horses. At present there are no animals on the farm. Two lovely seats are created at the end of the yard to enjoy the view.
Currently the main living quarters measure 235m2, the garage 75m2 and there is an half open storage of 40m2. There are 2 stables, one of 60m2 and the other of 40 m2. These are approximate measurements. With the right project most of the built size could be used for residential use. A unique project to refurbish the cortijo in your own style and to your own needs.
The over 18 hectare finca has an olive and almond grove. The almond trees are between 15 and 40 years old, there are 14 different varieties that give a production of 7000-10.000 kgs/year. The olives are approximately 50 years old, of two varieties (Manzanilla and Picual) and have a production of 3000 kg/year. There is an abundance of fruit trees as pear, cherry, madroño, oranges, lemons, figs and nectarine. There are also several walnut trees as well. The organic vegetable garden can supply delicious tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, onions, eggplant, you can let your imagination go wild. Everything will grow here.
This lovely Cortijo is the epitome of the real Andalusian lifestyle. It provides its own electricity by photovoltaic solar panels and has its own water well. There are also solar panels for hot water. With some reforms, this could be a lovely home, holiday destination or ideal B&B. Rural Tourism is booming in the area, because of the Lake El Chorro and the famous Caminito del Rey! And, for the Classic Car lovers, we found an old Santana 4×4 car in the garage! Asking the owner if this could be included, the answer was yes! Needs, of course, some TLC.
Very conveniently located at 5 minutes from the village Ardales, with shops, restaurants, the Local Museum with a large collection of prehistoric archaeological objects. Located 45 minutes from Málaga and the airport.